Friday, May 11, 2012

Antique Dresser Re-do :: How to Glaze Furniture

Most of the pieces I refinish have a story, a history of sorts, regardless of whether I purchase a piece, find it on the side of the road or inherit it.

This french provincial antique dresser was my mother in law's. (Sadly, I don't have a BEFORE photo. My camera got lost in the move, so I borrowed my mom's fancy camera to take these shots.)

She and her late husband Ken (Kyle's dad) shopped for and purchased this together while they were engaged, almost 50 years ago. And like most everything in Phyllis' house, it was so well taken care of.

The drawer tracks and dovetail joints were in pristine condition and other than a few surface scratches it looked like new.

Perfect drawer joints.
When she told me a couple years ago that she was getting rid of it, I snagged it right up and it's been sitting in storage ever since.

I knew I wanted to go bright with this piece and steer clear from the safe, neutral colors I normally gravitate towards.

I followed my normal process for prepping a piece for color:
  • Lightly sand to remove debris, cobwebs and dirt. 
  • Apply wood filler to scratches and dents to smooth out surface. 
  • Sand again. 
  • Roll "high traffic" areas with oil based primer and spray oil based primer in places with lots of detail and grooves.
  • Sand entire piece again. Wipe with damp cloth.
80% of the work happens BEFORE the color goes on. Take the time to do these things and your piece will not only look great, but will be much more durable.

I use a Husky conventional HVLP paint sprayer to apply my paint, but you can certainly use a good ole' sponge brush and sponge roller (I rarely use a bristle brush, if I do I ONLY use a Purdy brush).

I chose the color "Swim" by Valspar. A creamy, rich turquoise.

iPhone pics here. Camera was MIA.

I loved the color, even before the glaze.

Now onto ANTIQUING. Once the paint has set for a minimum of 24 hours, it's time to apply the antique glaze. There are LOTS of ways out there to achieve that old, antique look and I've tried a few. But let me tell you about this fabulous product I discovered, Rustoleum's Decorative Glaze in "Java Brown". This stuff rocks!

My beloved Rustoleum does it again! I searched for this product online with no success; I think it's still too new on the market. It's pre-mixed clear glaze and wood stain. Pre-mixed is a good thing, people: one product instead of two and pretty much fool proof.

Using a foam or bristle brush, apply the glaze in long strokes covering entire surfaces. Go to TOWN! Get the glaze in every nook and cranny.

Don't panic. 95% of it wipes off!

Wait 15-30 seconds and then using a lint-free rag, apply moderate pressure and just wipe off the glaze until you are happy with the look and richness of the color.

You'll do 1-3 coats depending on the richness of "antiquing" you prefer, until you get something like this...

Pretty, huh?

Once I got the piece glazed, I needed to tackle that hardware. It was pretty tarnished after 50 years.

I rubbed A LOT of Brasso onto the hardware, and removed years and years of tarnish. Worked like a charm.

Before Brasso.

After Brasso.

I sealed the piece in Polycrylic's "Satin" and reattached the hardware.

She's now listed in the Shop

Aw...those legs! They are gorgeous!

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